When Edward Thomas died in the First World War, very few of his poems had been published, but he was recognised as one of the finest and most influential poets. This work captures the range of Thomas' achievement, not least by combining poetry with prose. It also includes an introduction, and four critical essays.
Michael Longley's prose centres on poetry, even when he is writing autobiographically, or reflecting on war and memory. Readers of his poetry have lacked access to his aesthetic thinking. Sidelines fills the gap by assembling prose that ranges from his youthful poetry reviews, to the lectures he gave as Ireland Professor of Poetry.